Past Event

Science & Faith Conference: Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?

December 2, 2011 - December 3, 2011
Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH

Do science and faith interact? How? Where does one end and other begin? Do they support one another? Rely upon one another? If either, how? Explore these questions and more at this two-day conference taking place at Franciscan University of Steubenville on December 2-3, 2011.

Keynote speakers will present a wide range of perspectives on topics such as: 

  • What is the precise relationship between faith and reason?

  • What is the status of the Intelligent Design movement?

  • What are the uses and abuses of scientific investigations?

  • Where lie the boundaries between science, philosophy, and theology?

  • What role do philosophical and theological positions have in scientific explorations?

Speakers will join conference participants in a collegial exploration of these weighty questions, all of which speak to the overarching question, "Can science inform our understanding of God?" Featured speakers include Discovery Institute Fellows Dr. Michael Behe, author of Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution and The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism; Dr. Jay Richards, co-author of The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed For Discovery and editor of God and Evolution: Protestants, Catholics, and Jews Explore Darwin’s Challenge to Faith; and Dr. Benjamin Wiker, author of The Darwin Myth: The Life and Lies of Charles Darwin and co-author of A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature.

Conference Schedule & Registration

This conference is open to the public. General public registration is $150, which includes conference materials, all sessions, socials, and a light breakfast plus lunch and dinner on Saturday.

Visit Franciscan University’s event page for a full conference schedule and register online by clicking the button below. To register by mail, download the registration form, or register by phone by calling 1-800-437-8368.


Student Registration: College students who do not need meals provided can register for free by calling 1-800-437-8368. Students who do need meals provided should register as a general public attendee and pay the registration fee.

This conference is co-sponsored by Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture and Franciscan University of Steubenville departments of Biology, Philosophy, and Theology, as well as the Henkels Lecture Series, Touchstone Magazine, and Franciscan University's M.A. Program in Philosophy, and Office of Academic Affairs.